Sedate means to be calm, but if a doctor sedates you it means you’ve been administered a tranquilizing drug. Most surgeries require some form of sedation, but to be sedate in day-to-day life means composed, quiet, and serene. Not necessarily unconscious.

To be sedate when dining with the Queen means that you behaved with dignity and solemnity. To be sedated when dining with the Queen means that you were face down in the bread pudding and drooling onto the tablecloth. The medical sense of the word is to be tranquilized, either to calm your nerves after a shock or in preparation for surgery. Socially, to be sedate is to be serene, quiet, and composed.

Definitions of sedate
  1. adjective

    characterized by dignity and propriety



    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
  2. adjective

    dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

    “a quiet
    sedate nature”
    grave, sober, solemn


    concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities
  3. verb

    cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to

    “The patient must be
    sedated before the operation”
    calm, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
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    arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate

    cause to be alert and energetic

    hypnotise, hypnotize, mesmerise, mesmerize

    induce hypnosis in
    entrance, spellbind

    put into a trance
    type of:


    act physically on; have an effect upon

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